Casper native Pete Martinez passed from this life on Sunday, December 10th, at his winter home in Hockley, Texas.
Pete loved his home state of Wyoming. When strangers saw him in his signature black cowboy hat they usually asked if he was from Texas, Pete always replied: “I’m from Wyoming, where Texans wished they were from.”
Passionate about music, family and friends, Pete focused on making a difference first to his family, then his community and then the world. His work in developing water resources in the West had an impact on numerous communities and his efforts to protect our country’s critical infrastructure will continue to live on.
Pete is mourned by his wife Bonnie Martinez, his mother Isabel, brother Anthony and wife Jolene, sister Sandra Dickson and husband Dustin, and his son Ryan, wife Becky and grandchildren Liam and Jadyn.
NASHVILLE RECORDING ARTIST PETE MARTINEZ TO PERFORM AT NORMANDY
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Nashville recording artist Pete Martinez has been invited to perform at the 70th Anniversary of the World War II Normandy Invasion on June 6, 2014, in Normandy, France. Martinez has been invited to perform his new song “We Thank You” at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in front of several dignitaries, including President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Prime Minister David Cameron from the United Kingdom and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.
Martinez, a native of Casper, Wyo., wrote “We Thank You” for The Greatest Generation Foundation (TGGF) and will donate a portion of the proceeds of the song to the nonprofit organization. Veterans from TGGF are expected to be in attendance in France.
“I’m truly honored to be invited to perform in Normandy in June,” Martinez said. “This performance will be a great way for me to show my utmost respect for those who fought for the freedom we enjoy in the United States.”
The D-Day 70 Memorial Wind Band is also scheduled to perform at the event under the leadership of Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel, conductor emeritus of the United States Air Force Band and member of the United States Army’s 29th infantry division that battled in Normandy 70 years ago.
Martinez, who performed at President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2005, has appeared musically in the United States, South America and Europe.
For additional information, visit www.petemartinezusa.com.